Rumor: Trayvon Martin supporters 'black out' social media

Screen grab of Facebook blackout on Justice for Trayvon Martin Facebook page.

Supporters of Trayvon Martin are taking to social media to 'black out' their profile pictures in 'a showing of love, unification and solidarity.'

UPDATE: A Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

TRUE: It appears the trend is just starting

Social media profile pictures have become a placeholder for political views. Think of all the people who changed theirs to an equal sign during the gay marriage debate. Now comes word that some users of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have started a similar show of support for Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman last year.

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The source of the trend appears to be the Justice for Trayvon Martin Facebook page, which has 223,000 "likes." On Friday morning, someone on the page wrote: "We are blacking out our profile photos in a showing of love, unification and solidarity in support of Trayvon Benjamin Martin and have been joined in this effort by his family and their attorneys here on Facebook. We ask that if you do not want to take part, that you do not disparage those of us who have."

MSN News reached out to the people behind the Facebook page to determine where the idea originated, and they said the first person to do it was one of their page administrators and the idea quickly gained momentum. Versions of the protest/sign of support, like this blacked-out photo of Chicago producer Young Chop, are also floating around. But if Twitter searches like this are any indication, the more simple hashtag "blackout" is gaining steam.

 

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